Alaska Sea Grant in the News

2004 News Releases

22 December 2004—[SFOS news brief]Sugai's research, work on oil spill spotlighted
SFOS—A few hours after Dr. Susan Sugai landed in Unalaska, the Malaysian soybean freighter Selendang Ayu broke apart on the rocks a few miles away. Suddenly, Sugai found herself in the middle of an unfolding environmental disaster. Columnist Dermot Cole spotlighted Sugai's experiences in a recent issue of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

10 December 2004—[SFOS news brief]SFOS on scene of Aleutian Island oil spill
SFOS—SFOS personnel Reid Brewer, Dr. Susan Sugai and Deborah Mercy are in Unalaska, site of a catastrophic shipwreck that is believed to have claimed six lives and caused a major oil spill.

9 December 2004—[SFOS news brief]Sea Grant report highlights research, education, outreach
ASG—Across the state, Alaska Sea Grant research and Marine Advisory Program activities are improving the lives of Alaskans. Read all about it in the Alaska Sea Grant Biennial Report.

6 December 2004—[SFOS news brief]Shellfish conference draws crowd
SFOS—The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program recently organized a highly successful conference aimed at encouraging the growth of the state's shellfish farming industry.

30 November 2004—[SFOS news brief]2005 undersea calendar on sale now at Alaska Sea Grant
SFOS—The gift of undersea Alaska is just a click away. Visions of Undersea Alaska, 2005 engagement calendar, is on sale. SFOS faculty, staff, and students can save more than 20 percent off the $12.95 cover price by ordering now.

19 November 2004—[SFOS news brief]Conference seeks to kick-start shellfish farming
SFOS—All the information you've ever needed to start a shellfish farm, but were afraid to come out of your shell and ask. The Alaska Shellfish Aquaculture Conference will take place December 3-4, 2004, at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel.

19 November 2004—[SFOS news brief]Scientists publish recommendations for sea otter research
SFOS—Research on sea otters in Southwest Alaska, and the steps needed to address their decline, are detailed in the just-released proceedings of the Alaska Sea Otter Research Workshop.

19 November 2004—[SFOS news brief]Sugai to take key post at Center for Global Change
SFOS—Dr. Susan Sugai has accepted a new position as associate director of the university's Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research.

18 November 2004—[SFOS news brief]Journal: Auklet odor repels ectoparasites
SFOS—Ph.D. student Hector D. Douglas III is the lead author of a scientific article published in a recent issue of the Journal of Chemical Ecology.

18 November 2004—[SFOS news brief]Johnson named MAP Recreation and Tourism Specialist
SFOS—Terry Johnson, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agent based in Homer, Alaska, was recently named Marine Recreation and Tourism Specialist, and has hit the ground running with a host of activities to benefit the state's marine charter boat industry.

11 October 2004—State's salmon fishermen optimistic about industry's future
Despite low prices and lost markets for some of the state's salmon catch, most Alaska commercial salmon fishermen remain positive about their industry's future, according to an informal survey.

29 September 2004—[SFOS news brief]Unalaska MAP agent organizes popular marine issues forum
MAP—MAP Agent Reid Brewer has organized a marine science lecture series that has captured the attention of Unalaska, a major commercial fishing community in the Aleutian Islands.

27 September 2004—[SFOS news brief]Alaska Ocean Sciences Bowl to air statewide Oct. 3-4
ASG—A video highlighting Tununak, Alaska, high school students preparing to compete in the Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl will be broadcast statewide this fall on the Alaska Weather program, carried by the AlaskaOne televison network.

23 September 2004—[SFOS news brief]Profile: Deborah Mercy, Marine Advisory Program
MAP—Deborah Mercy describes her rewarding job as instructional media specialist.

22 September 2004—[SFOS news brief]Board of Fisheries Names Salmon Industry Restructuring Panel
SFOS—Chuck Crapo has been appointed to serve on the state's Board of Fisheries Salmon Industry Restructuring Panel.

17 September 2004—[SFOS news brief]Marine Advisory Program response to oyster vibrio outbreak
MAP—Marine Advisory Program personnel recently toured oyster farms in Prince William Sound with Alan Austerman, fisheries advisor to Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski.

14 September 2004—Health of world's sea lions the focus of Wakefield Symposium
More than 100 scientists who study the world's sea lions will gather in Anchorage for the 22nd Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium.

27 August 2004—[SFOS news brief]MAP/Sea Grant serve up Alaska shellfish
MAP—Alaska Sea Grant and the Marine Advisory Program teamed up to showcase Alaska's shellfish farming potential by cooking up Alaska-grown oysters and clams for more than 400 people during Military Appreciation Day in Fairbanks August 19.

26 August 2004—[SFOS news brief]SFOS researchers publish study of fish protein powders
FITC—SFOS scientists are among the authors of research appearing in the August 2004 issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

25 August 2004—[SFOS news brief]Oceans Alive Video Festival Success in Seward
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant sponsored an evening video festival in Seward, Alaska, on August 24. The festival featured videos about the 1964 earthquake and tsunami, the 2004 National Ocean Sciences Bowl, and a video about Alaska's intertidal marine life.

17 August 2004—[SFOS news brief]SFOS scientists tag, track humpback whales off Kodiak
FITC—SFOS researchers are studying humpback whales around Kodiak Island this summer as part of the ongoing Gulf Apex Predator-prey (GAP) program.

2 August 2004—[SFOS news brief]Festival offers sea of educational opportunities
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant participated in the second annual Alaska Oceans Festival, held July 17 in Anchorage's Delaney Park.

1 August 2004—Alaska salmon may have market as powder in China
UAF economists, seafood scientists say protein powder made from Alaska pink and chum salmon a hit among Chinese.

14 July 2004—Electronic nose, new seafood products, whale research, advisory agents receive funding
Alaska Sea Grant will spend $2.1 million on marine and fisheries research, education, outreach and extension over the next two years.

14 June 2004—[SFOS news brief]Squid School
SFOS—Reid Brewer, the new SFOS Marine Advisory Program agent based in Unalaska, knows a teachable moment when one washes ashore. In May, Brewer was alerted to a giant squid that had washed ashore nearby. He, together with a colleague from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, conducted an informal public education lecture and necropsy of the squid with more than 60 local students, as well as parents and Native leaders in attdendance.

26 May 2004—Alaska Sea Grant debuts tsunami video at NOAA HQ, receives national communication award
Alaska Sea Grant's new video, "Ocean Fury: Tsunamis in Alaska," debuts at a NOAA seminar in Silver Spring, Maryland.

18 May 2004—Alaska Sea Grant seeks citizen input on coastal research, extension, education needs
Community involvement is needed as the Alaska Sea Grant College Program develops its comprehensive strategic plan for 2006 to 2010.

7 May 2004—New Marine Advisory Program agents take up positions around the state
Four new Marine Advisory Program agents begin work in Alaska's coastal communities.

5 May 2004—[SFOS news brief]Undergraduate student to present seafood research
FITC—Undergraduate student Mary Patterson, working at the SFOS Fishery Industrial Technology Center in Kodiak, has been selected as a finalist to compete in the Institute of Food Technologist undergraduate research paper competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, in July.

31 March 2004—Time running out for Alaska salmon fishermen to receive benefits, compensation
Across Alaska, only about half the number of eligible salmon fishermen have attended workshops needed to clear them to receive federal financial compensation and other benefits.

13 February 2004—MAP agents meet with salmon fishermen
Marine Advisory Program agents are helping thousands of commercial salmon fishermen apply for benefits under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA).

11 February 2004—High school teams to make annual pilgrimage to Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl
High school students from around the state will compete in the Alaska Regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Seward, Alaska, February 20-22, 2004.

5 February 2004—[SFOS news brief]Arctic biodiversity workshop proceedings available
ASG—SFOS researchers Drs. Katrin Iken and Brenda Konar are the editors of the just published, "Proceedings of the Arctic Biodiversity Workshop: New Census of Marine Life Initiative." The 164-page book features eighteen papers presented at an international workshop held in Fairbanks, Alaska, April 11-14, 2003, to launch a Census of Marine Life program (CoML) initiative for advancing the study of Arctic Ocean biodiversity. The book is available from the Alaska Sea Grant bookstore.

16 January 2004—Technical assistance workshops target salmon fishermen applying for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Details of upcoming workshops on Technical Adjustment Assistance (TAA) workshops for fishermen.

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